Category Archives: Jess N. McLean

The Confederate Memorial at Arlington

Arlington National Cemetery, where the murdered President Kennedy is buried, along with thousands of American military careerists and a comparatively few war heroes who get most of the place’s publicity, has a little-known Confederate side. “For many years following the war, … Continue reading

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George M. Mott’s message to Abe

Rocky Lockley emails that he and Jason Hinton were relic hunting when they made this extraordinary find near Brucetown, northeast of Winchester, Virginia, where the 13th camped in October, 1862, after the Battle of Sharpsburg. He explains: “An Enfield bullet … Continue reading

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A Mississippian in Texas

Independent historian Jess McLean of Dallas, author of the only compendium of the troops of the 13th Mississippi Infantry Regiment is trying to preserve this old grave in Lyons, southwest of College Station, Texas. The lieutenant named on the tombstone, … Continue reading

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The “stillness” at Appomattox

The less-than-one-company-sized pittance that was the 13th Mississippi Regiment at Appomattox Courthouse played no recorded role in the events surrounding General Lee’s formal surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865. It was the Christian holy day … Continue reading

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Defending Richmond

There’s little extant information about the activities of the 13th Regiment and the rest of Kershaw’s division from November 1864 to early April 1865. Historians report no more than that the division was posted on the Nine Mile Road near … Continue reading

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Billed for a lost weapon

Further evidence of the 13th’s participation in the rout of General Early’s demoralized troops after the Battle of Cedar Creek was uncovered by independent historian Jess McLean. He found a notation on the records of Private Henry Francis Carr of … Continue reading

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Battles: Berryville

History has dismissed the Battle of Berryville, Sept 3-4, 1864, as a minor engagement. But it was major enough for the diminished 13th Regiment and the rest of the Mississippi Brigade. The federals under Gen. Phillip Sheridan were moving south … Continue reading

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Visiting a 13th soldier’s Richmond grave

Texan Weldon Nash, Jr., whose ancestor Nimrod Newton Nash wrote so many of the good letters in this digital regimental until he was killed at Gettysburg, recently visited the Richmond grave of Henry T. Nash, another Minute Men private. Henry, … Continue reading

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